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Out in Events announced this week that Fairgrounds VIIII, better known as ‘Gay and Lesbian Day at Six Flags’, will take place Friday, September 14 from 6pm until midnight at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.
Fairgrounds is the largest private LGBT event in the United States.
This year’s theme celebrates the fabulousness of fist-pumping Jersey with celebrity appearances by Bravo-TV’s The Real Houswives of New Jersey stars Melissa Gorga, Joe Gorga and Greg Bennett. Melissa Gorga will even perform her dance hits, On Display and Rockstar.
Additional celebrity appearances include The Amazing Race’s Reichen Lehmkuhl and nightlife personality and recording artist Dina Delicious. DJs Steve Sidewalk, Seth Gold and DJ Barney of Philly will provide the musical entertainment. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
“We are going back to our roots and making this year’s event all about Jersey,” says co-founder Mark Nelson, the LGBT events planner and producer who helped found the annual Fairgrounds celebration. “New Jersey used to be the Jan to New York’s Marsha, but thanks to shows like Bravo-TV’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey and glittering stars like Melissa Gorga, the state has emerged as a mecca of fab-ulosity. Break out the hair gel and spray tan and get ready to fist pump as we celebrate being gay – Jersey style.”
Six Flags’ Fairgrounds launched nine years ago at Six Flags Great Adventure. “It was wildly successful from the start”, explains co-founder Gage Kristofer. Organizers estimate ten thousand gay men and women (and their friends) will attend Fairgrounds VIIII. “We welcome gay crowds from Washington DC, Boston, Pittsburg and the entire tri-state area. Fairgrounds is truly a coming together of lesbians, twinks, Chelsea boys, bears, homo thugs, club kids, and more – all uniting with pride.”
“Last year saw an influx of gay newlyweds and gay families with their children,” he adds.
Even the stars are excited. Says Greg Bennett, “I love theme parks. I love gay people and I love Melissa Gorga!”
For more information on Fairgrounds VIII, please visit www.outinevents.com or www.gaysixflags.com.
Big Gay Hudson Valley
(BGHV), the region’s premier source for gay & lesbian information
& resources in the Hudson Valley, has unveiled the plans for its
fourth annual Pride Preview Weekend. Last year, more than 700 people
gathered to kick-off gay pride season with BGHV. For 2012, more than
1,000 guests will celebrate with three days of events that will run from
Friday, May 25th to Sunday, May 27th of Memorial Day Weekend.
- Friday, May 25th – Pride Preview Kick-Off Party at the Out Bar [Event info on Facebook]
- Saturday, May 26th – Pride Preview Cruise on the Hudson onboard Empire Cruise Line’s Mystere [Event info on Facebook]
- Sunday, May 27th – Pride Preview Party at the Locust Grove Estate [Event info on Facebook]
crowds in excess of 650+ in years past. It is a BYO picnic and
attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner to share with their
friends. Locust Grove’s gorgeous estate grounds and gardens also warmly
welcome dogs (on a leash, please) and children. While a bar will not be
set up on site, those of the legal drinking age are invited to pack
their favorite adult beverage of choice to be enjoyed on the lawn during
Valley’s very-own DJ Ali, Drag Bingo Cabaret with Trixie Starr &
Ophelia Nightly of the Hudson Pride Foundation, and our headliner –
straight from NYC – acclaimed gay performer and music producer DJ
offering special weekend get-away packages from New York City. For more
information about Pride Preview Weekend, booking accommodations, or to
purchase tickets for select events in advance, visit
The decision has prompted thousands of couples in neighboring states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage, such as New Jersey, to plan their nuptials in New York. But as Bernadette Coveney-Smith, who specializes in planning gay weddings, explained last month to the Los Angeles Times, it can be a struggle for couples to find dress shops, florists and other vendors who are comfortable working with same-sex couples. The Yelp reviews, meanwhile, have become so rabid that Yelp reportedly is considering removing those that don’t abide by its policy of commenting on a business, not employees’ beliefs.
HOW STUPID IS THIS STORE?!
Here Comes the Bride in New Jersey, is making news for refusing to sell a gown to a lesbian who plans to marry in neighboring New York, which legalized same-sex marriage earlier this summer.
Alex Genter has complained that the manager at Here Comes the Bride in Somers Point, N.J., lectured her about her gay lifestyle after Genter crossed out the word “groom” and replaced it with “partner” and her fiancee’s name on paperwork she filled out for her planned purchase. “She said she wouldn’t work with me because I’m gay,” said Genter, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family, and that it was a shame I was gay. She said, ‘There’s right, and there’s wrong. And this is wrong.’ “
Genter visited Here Comes the Bride this month along with her parents and other family members for a day of dress-shopping, according to the article. She is planning to marry next summer in New York, which in June became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.
Since the New Jersey incident made news, Here Comes the Bride has been hammered by hundreds of scathing reviews on Yelp, and a Facebook page called Boycott Here Comes the Bride has attracted 433 followers. The woman who refused to work with Genter, and who has been identified as “Donna,” told a Philadelphia Daily News columnist that she had indeed rejected Genter’s business but accused the angry bride of “stirring up drama” by going public about the incident.
Donna said she was trying to arrange a meeting with Genter’s parents in an apparent attempt to smooth things over, the Daily News said, but she didn’t say anything about meeting with Genter herself. – I wouldn’t even take a free gown from this salon at this point.
The decision has prompted thousands of couples in neighboring states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage, such as New Jersey, to plan their nuptials in New York. But as Bernadette Coveney-Smith, who specializes in planning gay weddings, explained last month to the Los Angeles Times, it can be a struggle for couples to find dress shops, florists and other vendors who are comfortable working with same-sex couples.
The Yelp reviews, meanwhile, have become so rabid that Yelp reportedly is considering removing those that don’t abide by its policy of commenting on a business, not employees’ beliefs.
Mazel tov! Michael Kors and his longtime partner Lance Le Pere have finally made it official, reports Women’s Wear Daily. The couple were married in a private ceremony on Tuesday in Southampton with the town’s mayor Mark Epley officiating. It has been a long time coming for Kors and Le Pere, who have known each other since 1990 when Le Pere joined the designer’s company. They fell in love with Paris, Le Pere told New York in an interview from last August: “We share a certain level of taste… an American point of view, and I think we like to play with Americana. Over the years and the day-to-day process of dreaming together, things just naturally fell into place.” Kors and Le Pere had given hints that a marriage ceremony was impending, as the two were spotted on August 3 at New York’s City Hall applying for a marriage license. Kors said in a statement, “Lance and I are very excited to finally be able to have the opportunity to marry in our home state after many years together. We have no plans for a major party, but we will be getting married privately.”
Michael Kors and his longtime partner Lance Le Pere have finally made it official, reports Women’s Wear Daily. The couple were married in a private ceremony on Tuesday in Southampton with the town’s mayor Mark Epley officiating.
It has been a long time coming for Kors and Le Pere, who have known each other since 1990 when Le Pere joined the designer’s company.
They fell in love with Paris, Le Pere told New York in an interview from last August: “We share a certain level of taste… an American point of view, and I think we like to play with Americana. Over the years and the day-to-day process of dreaming together, things just naturally fell into place.”
Kors and Le Pere had given hints that a marriage ceremony was impending, as the two were spotted on August 3 at New York’s City Hall applying for a marriage license. Kors said in a statement, “Lance and I are very excited to finally be able to have the opportunity to marry in our home state after many years together. We have no plans for a major party, but we will be getting married privately.”
Celebrating Vermont’s Diversity & Culinary Tourism
Come out for the First Annual Northern Decadence Vermont! Maple syrup, gourmet ice cream, award-winning cheeses, microbrews, wines, sauces and other specialty foods. Beautiful natural scenery, world-class restaurants, family attractions, shopping, entertainment, arts and culture.
Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, Northern Decadence includes three exciting events, including a:
Culinary Cruise on Lake Champlain on the Spirit of Ethan Allen on September 9th, from 9:00 pm until 12:00 midnight. Dancing, entertainment and delicious foods will be available. The Vermont Gay Social Alternatives (vgsa.com) is partnering with the VGTA to present the cruise. Tickets are $45.
Food Festival and Art Show at the Hilton Burlington on September 10th, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. The public will be able to sample some of the best specialty foods made in Vermont and New England, plus learn cooking techniques at presentations by noted chefs. A silent auction with items and certificates from restaurants, resorts, inns and other businesses will be held during the day. Tickets are $10 and includes 10 sample tickets. Children 12 and under are free.
Dance Party at the Higher Ground in South Burlington on September 10th, 9:00 pm until 2:00 am. Dance the night away to the latest tracks by the hottest artists today, plus enjoy live entertainment, and an underwear fashion show courtesy of Macy’s. Tickets are $20.
The Vermont Gay Tourism Association, with support from the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, created Northern Decadence to promote Vermont’s tourism, weddings and culinary culture to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel market.
Dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization that connects LGBT youth with role models and leaders in the LGBT community.
The event will take place at the waterfront home of Bruce T. Sloane (21 North Bay Lane) in East Hampton from 6:00 to 8:30 PM and will include a cocktail reception, dancing, and a silent auction.
Guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres from Brent Newsom Caterer.
The event is expected to draw a dynamic group of more than 300 leaders in business, arts, politics, community, and culture who are committed to Live Out Loud’s mission of empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth by providing scholarships, after-school programming, rolemodels and leadership opportunities.
Tickets start at $125, $150 at the door. To purchase, please contact Leo Preziosi, Jr., at 212.651.4236
or visit Liveoutloud.info.
About Live Out Loud
Dedicated to empowering, mentoring, and celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, Live Out Loud is a non-profit organization that produces panel discussions, lectures, and workshops that connect LGBT youth with role models and leaders in the LGBT community. Founded in 2001, Live Out Loud presents programs at metropolitan area high schools and universities featuring panelists from every walk of life, including actress Cherry Jones, author Eric Marcus, director John Cameron Mitchell, and New York Times columnist Stuart Elliott.
Bucks County Chocolate Show
SATURDAY April 30 10am – 4pm
Eagle Fire Company 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA
Chocolatiers and Gourmet foods…
High quality products with fresh flavors and local ingredients.
Artisanal products to sample and buy. Demos to learn the latest trends.
MORE INFO – see you there!
The six-time Emmy Award-winner is known to those ‘in the know’ in Hollywood and New York as “the fat guy who writes everyone’s jokes.”
He is best known as a writer for TV awards shows; he’s co-written 21 Oscar broadcasts, as well as a featured writer for the Tonys, Grammys and Emmys and his 4-year stint on Hollywood Squares, as both a performer and writer.
This years Oscars with James Franco – was a little…strange….
New York magazine caught up with Bruce Vilanch recently and asked him what happened.
“I have to call James Franco and tell him the show’s over,” Vilanch quipped. “He doesn’t know. He took a nap and he woke up in class.”
Was Vilanch saying Franco’s sleepy performance was due to an actual lack of sleep?
“He has so many balls in the air, he didn’t get to town till Thursday before the show on Sunday. And so we e-mailed a lot. But we had a lot of meetings. He had a bunch of people who were writing for him, and if it had been him alone, it would have been different. But it was him and Anne Hathaway, and they both had to be serviced. So there was a lot of communication beforehand. But he didn’t get there.”
Vilanch continued: “I don’t think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it. I think he thought he would kind of … I don’t know what he thought. I thought maybe it was a performance-art prank, and then I realized he sincerely wanted to do it. But it’s outside of those guys’ comfort zones. The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, ‘Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened … ‘ Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories.”
Was Franco maybe stoned, as was rumored? “No, he wasn’t high,” Vilanch said. “I was with him, and he wasn’t high. And I asked him, ‘Are you high, and can I have some?’ And he said no to both.”
BRUCE is performing on May 7th at Queens Theatre in the Park.
Tickets are $37, Senior $35, Student $22 and are now available online at Queens Theatre or by calling 718-760-0064. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Box Office, 1 hour prior to performances, if available.
‘Bringing The World of Chocolate to You’ with the
4th annual Bucks County Chocolate Show on April 30th in New Hope, PA.
A high-end venue where you can sample and buy fresh, organic, single origin, Artisanal chocolate and gourmet goods. Choosing amongst Trendsetters in the Industry find ways to make your menu pairing, your party, your event, your every day ‘amazing’ with affordable options that reflect exceptional taste, elegance and style.
You can look forward to Valrhona, Laurie’s Chocolates, Barbara’s Buttercrunch, Half Pint Kitchen sorbet and ice cream, Didi’s Chocolates, Chevaliers D’Argouges and Anti Dote all at the 4th annual Bucks County Chocolate Show!
This venue is conveniently located to restaurants, shops and history along the scenic shores of the Delaware River. It’s easy to find right off of route 202 from the New Hope Toll bridge. Complimentary shuttle at the New Hope-Solebury High School lets you attend the show and then come back to walk into town to enjoy a beautiful day in New Hope on one side of the river and a 5 minute walk across the bridge into Lambertville, N.J. on the other.
Bargain tickets online until April 20th
Your mom and dad weren’t always parents.
They used to be people—and they were awesome. Eliot Glazer visits The powerHouse Arena (Brooklyn) with his new book based on his popular blog
MY PARENTS WERE AWESOME
to convince you that your parents were once Awesome, too.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5th, 2011.
He’ll be joined by Rachel Shukert, Rachel Sklar, and Dave Itzkoff with stand-up from Giulia Rozzi.
About “My Parents Were Awesome”:
They bathed you. They fed you. They raised you to become the person you are today. Your parents are an integral part of your story. But guess what? They have a story too—one that started long before you entered the picture. Before embarrassing fanny packs and Lite FM, there was a time when Mom and Dad were young and carefree—just like you. They were also fun and flirty, full of hope and desire and effortlessly cool.
Based on the wildly popular website, My Parents Were Awesome shares heartwarming and hilarious essays by sons and daughters—including Jamie Deen, Christian Lander, Dave Itzkoff, Katherine Center, Laurie Notaro, and Holly Peterson—who tell tales of their folks before babies, mortgages, and receding hairlines: the mom and dad who traveled by VW bus to see Led Zeppelin for $1, the grandmother whose halter top and shorts belied her perfect demeanor, the father whose wanderlust passed down to his equally nomadic daughter. Accompanied by treasured vintage photographs, these stories will make you laugh, melt your heart, and spark your own reflections of Mom and Dad.
Tuesday, April 5 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm @ The Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street in D.U.M.B.O. Brooklyn, NY
There will be a Q&A, as well as readings from Dave Itzkoff, Rachel Shukert, and Rachel Sklar, and stand-up comedy courtesy of contributor Giulia Rozzi. There will also be wine!
Free wine! Like Ancient Greece!
· Originally created as a website with over 10,000 submissions, 1,600 postings, and 1.2 million unique visitors myparentswereawesome.com is an Internet phenomenon; The site became an instant hit, with features on NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox News, ABC News and more. And now Glazer combines the spontaneity and nuance of old photographs with stories by sons and daughters in a heartwarming collection of essays.
· MY PARENTS WERE AWESOME is now a book published by Random House and includes 40 essays with pictures of moms and dads from authors including the son of Paula Deen, New York Times columnist Dave Itzkoff, Onion News Network writer Aaron Khefeits, Christian Lander (the author of Stuff White People Like) and many more;
Eliot Glazer is a gay writer, producer, and comedian. He blogs for MTV’s Buzzworthy and is an editor at the humor website Urlesque.com. He performs regularly at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
BUY THE BOOK!
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About 80 groups, some with 100 members, will march down Skillman and Woodside avenues for the St. Pat’s for All Parade, an all-inclusive parade that Co-Chairman Brendan Fay began after gay and lesbian Irish groups were banned from marching in Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1999. This will be the parade’s 12th year.
“What’s very moving is the community activism and hope and commitment that made this inclusive parade possible… and now it’s another traditional parade in this city,” said parade co-chair Brendan Fay. – “It’s the most progressive parade in New York; we welcome everybody,” added parade co-chair Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy.
“I’m very proud that in Queens, in Sunnyside, this Sunday a most unique parade will take place,” Fay said.
The parade assembles at 1 p.m. and kicks off at 2 p.m. Beginning at 47th Street and Skillman Avenue, the parade will travel east until 56th Street. From there, the parade will move north on 56th Street one block before turning east on Woodside Avenue and ending at 58th Street.
This year’s grand marshals include Patricia Lewsley, the Northern Ireland commissioner for children and young people, and Brig. Gen. Jim Cullen, who acted as an adviser to President Barack Obama on matters of human rights.
“This is a coming home for Jim,” Fay said. “Jim grew up in Sunnyside.”
more info at YOUR NABE
Justice prevails in New Jersey!
A gay New Jersey couple who were chased and beaten by Burger King employees following a 2007 altercation have been awarded $3.15 million by a Hudson County jury.
In a civil trial that began Feb. 7, victims Peter Casbar, 43, and Noel Robichaux, 46, testified that a dispute with the person taking their order escalated to involve other workers and then became violent, even after the couple had left the Union City restaurant. ( I want to know how does that happen? How do you place an order for food – and it turns that ugly??)
“The manager and a group of angry restaurant employees chased the couple and then mercilessly kicked, beat, and spat upon the two men while screaming hate-filled anti-gay invectives,” the couple’s attorney, James F. Fine said in a statement.
Casbar and Robichaux said they were victims of a hate crime and brought the lawsuit under New Jersey’s anti-discrimination laws. The jury agreed and ordered Food Service Properties Corp. and Union City Restaurant Corp., which owned the Burger King where the incident occurred, to pay damages.
“Violence against anybody, including gay people, cannot be condoned,” said Fine after the verdict. “The jury spoke to this issue.”
The jury award includes $1.7 in punitive damages. Food Service Properties Corp. and Union City Restaurant Corp. which own a total of Seven Burger Kings, including the one in Union City where the attack started were ordered to pay a total of $3.15 million.
Angel Caraballo and Christopher Soto, were employed at the Union City Burger King in 2007. They have both plead guilty to aggravated assault in the attack on the gay New Jersey couple.
in the Pennsylvania area.
Set down your burdens, satisfy your thirst, come home to the garden of paradise, and lose yourself in lovemaking with God. This is the true erotic message Jesus, or Yeshua, gave his friends two thousand years ago, and it is the true journey of Lent in the Christian mystical tradition. In this four-day experiential workshop, you can begin Lent by experiencing the Christian mysteries as never before, harnessing their sensuous power to radically transform your life.
This is a workshop for spiritual and erotic adventurers: gay and bi men who are willing to question their beliefs, feel their wounds, and explore their own erotic edges – a workshop for men who are willing to risk joy.The Erotic Body of Christ – 2011
Kirkridge Retreat Center – Delaware Water Gap, PA
March 17, 2011 to March 20, 2011
This Workshop is for Gay and Bi Men, Singles and Couples Welcome
As gay men, in some ways we have an instinctive ability to bridge the masculine and the feminine. Still, we often struggle with our power. Collectively, we have fought for acceptance and equality in the social arena. It is yet another step to stand in our personal power without fear or excuses, compromises or justifications.
By means of exploring the masculine and the feminine principles in our bodies, movement, breath, voice and contact, we will engage our power as a visceral, pulsating, emotional experience. Once comfortable with it — or even better, once deriving pleasure from it — we will express our power in various forms of play.
Power, Pleasure and Play
Kirkridge Retreat Center – Delaware Water Gap, PA
April 28, 2011 to May 01, 2011
This Workshop is for Gay and Bi Men, Singles and Couples Welcome
Are you looking for greater intimacy in your life?
Is something preventing you from fully enjoying the touch of another man?
Do you want to better express yourself through touch?
Are you wanting deeper and more meaningful relationships?
Then this is the workshop for you!
With Eros – the God of Love – as our inspiration for this weekend, you’ll find yourself in the company of like-minded men who are sincere seekers. Together we’ll earnestly explore the questions, ‘What is intimacy?’ and “Can I be intimate with another if I am not also intimate with myself?’ With the support of community you’ll come to know how the accepting presence of other men can give you the courage and desire to go even deeper into knowing yourself and others.
Kirkridge Retreat Center – Delaware Water Gap, PA
June 09, 2011 to June 12, 2011
This Workshop is for Gay and Bi Men, Singles and Couples Welcome
Gay Vacations, Travel Tours, Weekend Getaways and Men’s Retreats.
Spirit Journeys offer play, adventure and relaxation, as well as the potential for personal growth and the exploration of spirituality and sexuality.
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Tickle Me Brooklyn
is a stand-up comedy show hosted by Chris Doucette (NPR/FOX) featuring the best comics in New York City – many of whom have been on Comedy Central, HBO, and more! Everyone is welcome!
The show is FREE.
Our cast for
SEPTEMBER 16 at 8pm:
(Comix Comedy Club)
(Def Comedy Jam)
Nick TURNER! (College Humor) and Nick COBB!(Last Comic Standing)
Each month will feature gay and gay-friendly comics!
The show is on the THIRD THURDAY of each month at 8pm.
Our 2010 dates are:
And it’s all FREE! Such a deal!
The venue is:
Linger Cafe & Lounge
533 Atlantic Avenue
Linger offers $5 drafts, $4 bottles, and $6 Sake, Champagne, and Sangria. Sandwiches and snacks are also available. It’s swanky/casual – a perfect place for a super fun comedy show.
Take the A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn or the 2/3/4/5/B/D/M/R/Q/N to Atlantic.
Linger is a 1/2 block away from Atlantic stop!.
TICKLE ME BROOKLYN
GUMBO (Gay. DUMBO. Party.) THE ONE-YEAR CELEBRATION
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 10PM-4AM
Galapagos Art Space 16 Main Street, at Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
F to York Street / A to High Street
$5…. $10 after 12AM
FEATURING: Scott Herman (The Real World: Brooklyn) GUMBO Bartender-for-a-Cause
Benefiting Brooklyn Community Pride Center
DJ Scotty Rox 2 bars + 2 floors + Stage Dancing
Resident Stylist Lynsey Free Haircuts til Midnight
Photographer Michael Popp ‘Popp Pics’ on Stage
The House of Ninja & Mykel Special Midnight Floguing Performance
2-for-1 drinks [10:30-11PM] + [12-12:30AM]
New gay bingo nights at
Trump Taj Mahal
signal expanding LGBT market in Atlantic City.
Atlantic City’s transformation to an adults-only casino city that’s “Always Turned On” started appealing to the LGBT community last fall.
Following a gay-themed “Out in Atlantic City ” weekend of partying at the Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. casinos last September, Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. has begun courting gay and lesbian customers earlier this year with its own events advertised as Fun and “Gay”mes.
Trump spokeswoman Mary Moyer said 300 to 500 customers are expected this Friday night at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort for gay bingo, followed by dancing in a ballroom-turned-nightclub suggestively named “Club O 69.”
More gay bingo nights are tentatively scheduled in July and August as the Taj Mahal continues to appeal to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender customer base.
“We recognized a need to provide entertainment experiences to the GLBT community,” said Paula Mauk, vice president of marketing for Trump Entertainment. “We have amenities at the Trump Atlantic City properties that can attract and grow that demographic.”
Harrah’s Entertainment, owner of the Bally’s, Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Showboat casinos, threw the doors wide open to gay customers with its “Out in Atlantic City” weekend last year. The event featured appearances by gay and lesbian entertainers, parties and gay bingo. The event will be staged again this September, although Harrah’s has not yet announced details.
Jennifer Weissman, regional vice president of marketing for Harrah’s Entertainment, said the Harrah’s properties appeal to gay customers year-round through a series of special events and entertainment. She believes gay events at Trump Taj Mahal, normally Harrah’s rival, will only enhance the city’s tourism business.
“I think it’s a great thing,” Weissman said. “The more all the casinos do to attract more customers to the market, the better.”
If you go:
Event: Gay bingo at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort
When: 8 to 10 p.m. Friday July 9th, Tiara Ballroom
Cost: $10 donation. Proceeds benefit the South Jersey AIDS Alliance
Prizes for best dressed individual, best decorated table and best dressed table.
Anyone who has been to Holland knows it is the perfect place to just be amazed, just be relaxed and just be yourself! That’s why the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC) is launching its newest marketing campaign on February 4th in North America, “Just be. In Holland.” to appeal to every type of traveler. Whether your style is classic or contemporary, Holland has something for everyone, from iconic Dutch canals and windmills to innovative design shops and cutting-edge fashion.
To mark the launch of this new year-long campaign, NBTC will test potential travelers’ knowledge of Holland through a series of contests on Holland.com. A new contest will be posted every Thursday in February. Each correct online entry will be entered into a weekly drawing for a chance to win an incredible prize that highlights a different aspect of Holland’s unique style.
Prizes include –
· A monthly delivery of fresh tulips for a year
· An exclusive Gassan 121 diamond made in Amsterdam
· A quintessentially BATAVUS Dutch bicycle
· An iconic $1000 Carbon chair designed by Marcel Wanders and Bertjan Pot
In addition to the weekly prizes, one grand prize winner will be awarded the ultimate experience: a chance to just be in Holland! In order to qualify for the grand prize—two round-trip, business class tickets on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Amsterdam and a four-night stay at the Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand—potential travelers simply need to upload a photo showing how they would “Just be. In Holland.” between February 4 and March 4, 2010. The most creative entry will be selected.
In addition to the weekly contests running on Holland.com throughout February, those who live in New York City will have a chance to be transported to Holland via themed subway cars on the S subway shuttle line, which runs between Grand Central and Times Square. Each car—wrapped inside and out—will represent Holland’s cultural, classic and contemporary aspects and include translations of fun Dutch phrases and words. In addition, street teams will be deployed at the Grand Central and Times Square stations each week to distribute Holland-themed giveaways.
Conrad van Tiggelen, Director, NBTC North America, looks forward to engaging with potential travelers for the launch of the new campaign. “The new ‘Just be. In Holland.’ campaign epitomizes what repeat visitors to Holland already know—that Holland is a place where you can truly be yourself and discover a world of authentic and modern experiences, whether you are interested in art, culture, design, fashion or architecture.”
The Best of Gay New York
The Gays Love Chelsea Handler!
And we love GUY BRANUM and CHRIS FRANJOLA from Chelsea Lately.
As you may remember, Harrah’s Atlantic City have started launching special events and parties geared exclusively for the LGBT community. And we were there for their big kick-off weekend back in late September. Guy and Chris from Chelsea Lately also joined us for the festivities. And today this short video was released on the E! Chelsea website.
(watch for the Gay Pimps and Micah Jesse)
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Gay Comedian Billy Eichner’s version of Jay Z’s hit song Empire State of Mind. Featuring the hilarious Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) as Alicia Keys!!!
Billy Eichner has been making a name for himself in New York City for quite some time. Eichner is the star, writer, and co-creator of Creation Nation: A Live Talk Show. Creation Nation, which plays regularly in New York City, was called a “late night theatrical phenomenon” by the New York Times and Mr. Eichner was recently given the Time Out New York Critic’s Award as well as Time Out New York’s “Biggest Industry Darling” Award.
Watch the Eichner Dratch Video Q & A with After Elton Billy Eichner on FaceBook
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NEXT Magazine broke the story first, that Von Kuersteiner and his business partner Tony Roncalli—whose empire includes two bars, a restaurant, a dance club, a small gym, a grocery store, a clothing store, a construction business, a freight business, the community’s dock, and the only hotel in town—has sold most of their properties to Seth Weissman, a young kid who no one knows anything about other than that he is from a rich family and is connected to the Hamptons and that he is an analyst at hedge fund Perry Capital who lives in Gramercy Park.
The deal—which is set to close next week—is reportedly $18 million for everything but the dock and freight companies.
GAWKER reports…Von Kuersteiner and Roncalli rescued the small resort five years ago since it had fallen into disrepair, but their business practices—especially von Kuersteiner’s, always the more public of the two—were often called into question. Since the town is so small and they were one of only three business owners, they often exercised their monopoly. They opened a grocery store to compete with the only other place to buy food—a small, family-owned store that had been there for decades. They had an acrimonious relationship with many of the local home owners and other business because they controlled the dock which means they controlled access to the island. Anything they asked for—or more often, demanded—they got.
Von Kuersteiner and Co especially had hard feelings for the neighboring gay community, Cherry Grove, and used their dock access to stop boats from taking visitors from one village to the next, and for anyone who has drunkenly stumbled through the Meat Rack—the dense forest between the two towns—at 3am, not having a boat to bring you to and fro is more than enough to keep you partying closer to your summer share and putting cash into Von Kuersteiner and Roncalli’s pockets. They also reportedly demanded that the army of young pretty boys they hired to staff all their properties were forbidden from hanging out in the Grove, even on their nights off.
Rumors are flying left and right he’s changing everything, he’s not changing a thing, this is great, this is horrible, blah, blah, blah, talk amongst yourselves. The summer season is still a few months away!